The Sixth Seal Will Be On The East (Revelation 6:12)

Did You Feel It? East vs West: This image illustrates how earthquakes are felt over much larger areas in the eastern U.S. than those west of the Rocky Mountains. The map compares USGS

Did You Feel It? East vs West: This image illustrates how earthquakes are felt over much larger areas in the eastern U.S. than those west of the Rocky Mountains. The map compares USGS “Did You Feel It?” data from the magnitude 5.8 earthquake on August 23, 2011 in central Virginia (green) to data from an earthquake of similar magnitude and depth in California (red). ((High resolution image)

New Evidence Shows Power of East Coast Earthquakes
Virginia Earthquake Triggered Landslides at Great Distances
Released: 11/6/2012 8:30:00 AM

Earthquake shaking in the eastern United States can travel much farther and cause damage over larger areas than previously thought.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists found that last year’s magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia triggered landslides at distances four times farther—and over an area 20 times larger—than previous research has shown.

“We used landslides as an example and direct physical evidence to see how far-reaching shaking from east coast earthquakes could be,” said Randall Jibson, USGS scientist and lead author of this study. “Not every earthquake will trigger landslides, but we can use landslide distributions to estimate characteristics of earthquake energy and how far regional ground shaking could occur.”

“Scientists are confirming with empirical data what more than 50 million people in the eastern U.S. experienced firsthand: this was one powerful earthquake,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “Calibrating the distance over which landslides occur may also help us reach back into the geologic record to look for evidence of past history of major earthquakes from the Virginia seismic zone.”
This study will help inform earthquake hazard and risk assessments as well as emergency preparedness, whether for landslides or other earthquake effects.

This study also supports existing research showing that although earthquakes are less frequent in the East, their damaging effects can extend over a much larger area as compared to the western United States.

The research is being presented today at the Geological Society of America conference, and will be published in the December 2012 issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.
The USGS found that the farthest landslide from the 2011 Virginia earthquake was 245 km (150 miles) from the epicenter. This is by far the greatest landslide distance recorded from any other earthquake of similar magnitude. Previous studies of worldwide earthquakes indicated that landslides occurred no farther than 60 km (36 miles) from the epicenter of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake.
“What makes this new study so unique is that it provides direct observational evidence from the largest earthquake to occur in more than 100 years in the eastern U.S,” said Jibson. “Now that we know more about the power of East Coast earthquakes, equations that predict ground shaking might need to be revised.”

It is estimated that approximately one-third of the U.S. population could have felt last year’s earthquake in Virginia, more than any earthquake in U.S. history. About 148,000 people reported their ground-shaking experiences caused by the earthquake on the USGS “Did You Feel It?” website. Shaking reports came from southeastern Canada to Florida and as far west as Texas.

In addition to the great landslide distances recorded, the landslides from the 2011 Virginia earthquake occurred in an area 20 times larger than expected from studies of worldwide earthquakes. Scientists plotted the landslide locations that were farthest out and then calculated the area enclosed by those landslides. The observed landslides from last year’s Virginia earthquake enclose an area of about 33,400 km2, while previous studies indicated an expected area of about 1,500 km2 from an earthquake of similar magnitude.

“The landslide distances from last year’s Virginia earthquake are remarkable compared to historical landslides across the world and represent the largest distance limit ever recorded,” said Edwin Harp, USGS scientist and co-author of this study. “There are limitations to our research, but the bottom line is that we now have a better understanding of the power of East Coast earthquakes and potential damage scenarios.”

The difference between seismic shaking in the East versus the West is due in part to the geologic structure and rock properties that allow seismic waves to travel farther without weakening.
Learn more about the 2011 central Virginia earthquake.

The Russian Horn On Fire (Daniel 7:7)

Russia is testing hypersonic missiles for the largest surface combatant ship in the world

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MITSUO SHIBATA via Wikimedia CommonsA starboard bow view of the Soviet Kirov Class nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser FRUNZE underway.
 

Russia completed the first tests of their hypersonic Zircon missiles, which they plan to field on their next generation of “Husky” class nuclear submarines and Kirov class battle cruisers.

The Zircon missiles can reach speeds of mach 5 or 6, a vast improvement over Russia’s current arsenal. The extreme speed of these missiles would render most current missile defense systems obsolete.

The Zircon missiles have a shorter range of about 250 miles, compared to the Kalibr missiles which hit targets in Syria from the Caspian Sea, about 1000 miles away.

But, as The National Interest reports, Kirov-class battle cruisers will be retrofitted with new launchers that can hold eight missiles each with a total of about 80 on board, as well as additional longer-range missiles.

“The Pyotr Veliky (the Kirov-class battle cruiser) will start repairs in the third or fourth quarter of 2019. Repairs and upgrade are due for completion in late 2022, the ship to be equipped with Zircon hypersonic anti-ship missiles,” a source told Tass news.

In addition to Russia, the US, China, and India have all experimented with hypersonic missiles, and the US and China plan to have operational prototypes in testing by 2020, STRATFOR reports.
The proliferation of hypersonic missiles will be an absolute game-changer for missile defense systems around the world. As it stands, most missile defense is geared towards detecting and stopping ballistic missiles.

As hypersonic missiles gain traction, missile defense systems may have to turn to light-speed, high-powered lasers, like the HEL MD, to counter missiles flying at 5 or 6 times the speed of sound.

Iran Incites Babylon The Great (Ezekiel 17)

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Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is planning to build a statue commemorating its January capture of ten American sailors, Stars and Stripes reported on Monday. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter called the U.S. service members’ detainment and treatment by Iran “outrageous” and “inconsistent with international law” last week.

“There are very many photographs of the major incident of arresting U.S. Marines in the Persian Gulf in the media, and we intend to build a symbol out of them inside one of our naval monuments,” said Admiral Ali Fadavi, commander of the IRGC navy, according to Iranian media.

The American sailors were aboard two riverine patrol boats that reportedly experienced mechanical failure when they strayed into Iranian waters on January 12. IRGC naval forces boarded the vessels, captured the sailors, took them to a port facility at gunpoint, and then broadcast their images on state television. The Americans were released after being held overnight.

At the time, Lee Smith, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, described the sailors’ detention as the most recent “hostile act” against the U.S. by Iran. Smith also pointed out that broadcasting images of captured military personnel likely violated the Geneva Conventions, which require that “prisoners of war must at all times be protected, particularly against acts of violence or intimidation and against insults and public curiosity.”

Immediately after the seizure, Sen. John McCain (R – Ariz.) released a statement calling it a breach of naval and legal norms.

The Administration is pretending as if nothing out of the ordinary has occurred. Vice President Joe Biden described the incident as ‘standard nautical practice.’ That assertion is patently false. What’s worse, by failing to affirm basic principles of international law, it places our Navy and Coast Guard vessels and the men and women who sail them at increased risk in the future.
Under international law, sovereign immune vessels like navy ships and boats do not lose their sovereign immune status when they are in distress at sea. Under international law, sovereign immune naval vessels are exempt from detention, boarding, or search. Their crews are not subject to detention or arrest.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described the Americans’ capture as “God’s deed,” and later awarded IRGC commanders for their role in the incident.

Fadavi boasted last month that Iran had “extracted a lot of information from the confiscated cell phones and laptops” of the captured sailors.
[Photo: Amichei Stein / Twitter]

The Antichrist Is Back With Power (Revelation 13)

Moqtada Sadr, Influential Shiite Cleric, Back in Spotlight Amid Protests
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Moqtada Sadr, Influential Shiite Cleric, Back in Spotlight Amid Protests Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr delivers a speech to his supporters following Friday prayers at the grand mosque of Kufa in the holy city of Najaf, on April 3, 2015. (Haidar Hamdani/AFP/Getty Images)

By Newsmax Wires | Monday, 21 Mar 2016 08:52 AM

Moqtada Sadr, the controversial Shiite cleric, is back in the spotlight after a string of mass protests culminated in an ongoing sit-in at the gates of Baghdad’s Green Zone.

The scion of an influential clerical family from the holy city of Najaf, he first made a name for himself at the age of 30 as a vociferous anti-American cleric who raised a rebellion, according to Agence France-Presse.

His influence ebbed after the 2011 U.S. pullout but he retained strong support among the lower classes and is now casting himself as the champion of the fight against graft.

“This is your time to root out corruption and the corrupt,” he said earlier this month in a call to his supporters to march on the fortified Green Zone and set up protest camps.

Thousands of them defied a government ban on Friday to heed their leader’s call and set up tents at the main entrances of the vast restricted area in central Baghdad which houses key state institutions as well as foreign embassies.

Sadr says the goal of the protests is the formation of a cabinet of technocrats to replace party-affiliated politicians he says have perpetuated a system based on nepotism and patronage.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi himself made the proposal but he is being undermined by parties — including his own — whose barons are reluctant to relinquish their positions and attendant privileges.
While ostensibly declaring his support for Abadi’s proposed reforms, Sadr’s decision to take to the street leaves the prime minister even closer to the brink.

The sit-in and the huge security deployment around it have paralyzed central Baghdad and Sadr has given Abadi an ultimatum expiring in a week to present names for a new cabinet.

“This is a serious escalation,” said Ahmed Ali, of the Institute of Regional and International Studies at the American University of Iraq.

“Sadr started this thing and will not go silent now, he wants to go all the way,” said Issam al-Faily, professor of political science at Baghdad’s Mustansiriya University.

Since he took over the premiership in 2014, and despite the backing of the country’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Abadi has ruled with very tenuous support from his own government.
Now any reform that does go through would risk looking like a victory for Sadr and create more unease among the country’s other, rival Shiite leaders.

“The Sadrists are attempting to reinsert themselves forcefully into the Iraqi Shiite political sphere which is getting more contentious by the moment,” said Ahmed Ali.

The top players in the Shiite-majority country, many of them aligned with Iran, are fretting at the resurgence of the populist cleric, who was once a Tehran client but has since reinvented himself as a nationalist.

While his popularity had appeared to recede in recent years, the 42-year-old cleric can still mobilise large crowds like few others in Iraq.

“Sadr began this as a new effort to co-opt the anti-corruption protest movement after a different effort failed last fall,” said Kirk Sowell, publisher of the Inside Iraqi Politics newsletter.

Several stalwarts of the Sadr movement are in the government and some are widely seen as the least competent and more corrupt but the cleric has tried to deflect any criticism by distancing himself from his own ministers.

“The solution should come from all parties. Once they are satisfied they can wield their influence through parliament, they should accept the formation of an independent government,” said Faily.
Possibly the most predictable feature of Sadr is his unpredictability.

“Impossible to know where this is going,” said Sowell. “How he actually accomplishes anything meaningful, I don’t know. It may help him in becoming the popular leader he wants to be.”

In a statement on Saturday, Sadr said he did not want to complain — but essentially did — about “the lack of coverage by Iraqi, Arab, and international channels of the most important event in Iraq, the peaceful national sit-in.”

The Two Babylons of Prophecy: Iran and the US (Ezekiel 17)

Iran says U.S. continues animosity despite nuclear deal
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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s Supreme Leader said Sunday that Washington has continued its animosity toward Tehran, despite a friendly message by President Obama marking Persian New Year.

State TV broadcast Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s New Year’s speech on Sunday live from the northern city of Mashhad. He said of the U.S., “From one hand they send a New Year message and on the other hand they have kept economic sanctions,” against Iran. “This is enmity.

Khamenei has final say on all state matters in Iran. He said many international companies continue to avoid working with Iran out fear of the U.S.

Obama on Saturday, in his annual video message marking the Persian New Year, said a landmark nuclear deal Iran reached with world powers last year makes it possible for Iran to rejoin the global economy, increase trade and investment, and create jobs and opportunities for Iranians to sell their goods around the world.

The United States is severely working not to allow the deal’s results to become beneficial for the Islamic Republic,” said Khamenei. He said despite the deal “They have threatened us through other sanctions.”

He said the U.S. has not fulfilled all of its commitments under the deal. “Banking transactions are still facing problems. The return of Iran’s capital from abroad has faced problems. When we investigated, it was found out that they fear from the U.S.”

He also said there is no guarantee that the next U.S. administration will honor all the commitments made by Obama’s administration.

Khamenei dismissed the recent controversy over Iran’s continued testing of ballistic missiles. Earlier this month, the country’s Revolutionary Guard test-fired two missiles emblazoned with the phrase “Israel must be wiped out” in Hebrew.

After the launches, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Iran to “act with moderation,” and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations called them, “provocative and destabilizing.” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said the recent tests could trigger additional sanctions.

“What an outcry they raised over our missile issue saying, why did you test fire? Why did you launch the military exercise,” Khamenei said.

London Prepares For ISIS Dirty Bomb (Daniel 8:4)

 
London Has Fallen: SAS braced for ISIS terror attack with radioactive bombs and poison gas

SPECIAL forces are on standby for an ISIS mass casualty super-strike on London involving explosions, radiation, chemical warfare and a deadly plague.

By Patrick Knox / Published 20th March 2016

Thousands – if not tens of thousands – could die and many more injured in the worst ever attack on British soil since the Nazi terror bombings of World War 2.

Army regiments are ready at a moment’s notice to flood the capital’s streets as back up for SAS and police amid fears the number of spots targeted at the same time will be in DOUBLE FIGURES.
Counter-terrorist bomb disposal teams are preparing to deal with explosives that could unleash poison gas or cancer causing radiation.

But most feared are weapons that could spread deadly and highly infectious viruses that could bring back nightmarish scenes last seen in London during the Great Plague – just over 450 years ago.
“We used to plan for three simultaneous attacks but Paris last November has shown you need to be ready for more than that” UK Government minister

Meanwhile, the National Crime Agency has been ordered to launch a massive crackdown on illegal guns and arms dealers.

Airports and docks are being extra vigilant for weapon smugglers and terrorists entering with false passports.

A minister familiar with the proposal told The Sunday Times: “We used to plan for three simultaneous attacks but Paris last November has shown you need to be ready for more than that.
“We are ready if someone tries with seven, eight, nine, ten.”